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Thursday, June 11 2015

Song Of Solomon 1: Why Is Song of Solomon In The Holy Bible?

"For the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints"

Many readers of the Book (i.e. scroll, as it was originally written) have wondered why the "Song of Solomon" is in the Holy Bible. It appears very unique from the other Scriptures in that it seems to make no mention of the LORD, His law, history or prophecy. While it is generally classified with the Psalms and Proverbs, it is very different from them as well. It appears as merely a love song between Solomon and his wife (see Singing In History And Prophecy).

The answer may be found if one considers when it was written, and therefore who was Solomon's wife - named in the Book only as a "Shulamite" (Shulam was an ancient town in the northern Israel area). Was it written when Solomon was a wise young man, who is recorded as expressing love for a specific "Shulamite," or was it written in Solomon's later years when he became a lecherous old fool with 700 "wives" and 300 "concubines"?

If it was written earlier, it's in the Bible as an example of love and faithfulness. Solomon's writings, and his wife's responses, do not portray either the ramblings of an old idol worshiper with a huge harem (as he later did in Ecclesiastes; see Solomon's Bubbles and A Wise Child And An Old And Foolish King), nor does the Shunammite talk as though she is just one of a thousand women. Their expression of love seems pure and whole for each other.

A Lady Who was the "Shulamite" that Solomon loved in his early, wise years? Does the Bible say? Yes, it does. Abishag, who was a Shunammite, was a young virgin who attended King David as he was dying. Due to the job that she was given to do, Abishag lived in the palace where still-then young, wise Solomon also lived. They knew each other and were about the same age.

"1:1 Now king David was old and stricken in years; and they covered him with clothes, but he gat no heat. 1:2 Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for my lord the king a young virgin: and let her stand before the king, and let her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get heat.

1:3 So they sought for a fair damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag a Shunammite, and brought her to the king.

1:4 And the damsel was very fair, and cherished the king, and ministered to him: but the king knew her not." (1 Kings 1:1-4 KJV)

When David died, Solomon was fully made king. As still then a single, wise young man, he went into a jealous fury (something that a man with 1,000 "wives" would be unlikely to do) when his brother asked to marry Abishag - Solomon had his brother executed for making the request. If the Song of Solomon was written in his wise young years, Abishag the Shunammite would almost certainly be the wife in Song of Solomon.

"2:21 And she said, Let Abishag the Shunammite be given to Adonijah thy brother to wife.

2:22 And king Solomon answered and said unto his mother, And why dost thou ask Abishag the Shunammite for Adonijah? ask for him the kingdom also; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah.

2:23 Then king Solomon sware by the LORD, saying, God do so to me, and more also, if Adonijah have not spoken this word against his own life. 2:24 Now therefore, as the LORD liveth, which hath established me, and set me on the throne of David my father, and who hath made me an house, as he promised, Adonijah shall be put to death this day." (1 Kings 2:21-24 KJV)

If one considers the time that Song of Solomon was logically written (i.e. when Solomon had one wife, and before he became a harem-keeping old idol worshiper), it becomes obvious why it's in the Bible because the principle of marital fidelity and love that is found in Song of Solomon is found throughout the Scriptures, including in analogy by the Messiah's love for His "bride": "19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 19:9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God." (Revelation 19:7-9 KJV)

"1:1 The song of songs, which is Solomon's.

1:2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. 1:3 Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. 1:4 Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.

1:5 I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. 1:6 Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. 1:7 Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?

1:8 If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.

1:9 I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots. 1:10 Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold. 1:11 We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.

1:12 While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. 1:13 A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts. 1:14 My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.

1:15 Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.

1:16 Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green.

1:17 The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir." (Song of Solomon 1:1-17 KJV)

Fact Finder: How is fine linen used in prophecy?
See Linen In History And Prophecy


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This Day In History, June 11

1184 BC: According to calculations by Eratosthenes, Troy was sacked and burned on this date during the Trojan War.

173: During the Marcomannic Wars, the Roman army in Moravia was encircled by the Quadi (a Germanic tribe), however during a severe thunderstorm the Romans under Marcus Aurelius broke the lines and defeated them.

The Roman Empire

The Divided Roman Empire

631: Chinese Emperor Taizong of Tang dispatched ambassadors to the Xueyantuo with gold and silk for the release of enslaved Chinese prisoners captured during the transition from Sui to Tang from the northern frontier. The mission resulted in freeing 80,000 Chinese people.

1346: Charles IV of Luxembourg was elected Holy Roman Emperor in Germany (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1488: King James III of Scotland was murdered after his defeat at the Battle of Sauchieburn. He was succeeded by his son, James IV.

1509: King Henry VIII of England married the first of his six wives, Catherine of Aragon (the youngest daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, the employers of Christopher Columbus). It was Henry's later divorce of Catherine that triggered the break from the Church of Rome and the creation of the Church of England.

1727: King George I, the first Hanoverian king of Britain, died and was succeeded by his son George II.

1788: Russian explorer Gerasim Izmailov arrived in Alaska. The area remained in Russian possession until the mid-twentieth century.

1770: English explorer Captain James Cook ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

1847: John Franklin, British explorer, died in the Arctic after his ships became frozen in the ice. The details of his death were in a note found by a search party in 1859.

1903: King Alexander and Queen Draga of Belgrade were assassinated by members of the Serbian army.

1920: During the Republican National Convention in Chicago, party leaders gathered in a hotel to decide on their candidate for the presidential election. As first written by the Associated Press, it produced the political term "smoke-filled room."

1963: Quang Duc, 66, a Buddhist monk, committed suicide by burning himself with gasoline in a busy Saigon intersection to protest treatment of Buddhists by the U.S.-backed Diem regime. The picture was front-page news around the world the next day, and was followed by other monks in the weeks afterward.

1967: Israel and Syria accepted the terms of a U.N. cease fire.

1987: Margaret Thatcher won her third consecutive term as British Prime Minister.

1997: An official Italian commission approved a move to allow Vittorio Emanuele, son of Italy's last king, to return home after 50 years of exile.

2001: Timothy McVeigh, 32, was executed at a U.S. Federal prison at Terre Haute, Indiana. The U.S.-born terrorist confessed to the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City on April 19 1995 that killed 168 men, women and children. It was the most deadly act of terrorism in the U.S. prior to the 9-11 attacks on New York and Washington.


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